Suspected robber shoots himself in Charlotte convenience store robbery

Micah Smith

Police arrested a man who they said shot himself while fleeing a northeast Charlotte convenience store he allegedly robbed early Tuesday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said 19-year-old Lavarius Patterson attempted to rob a Kangaroo Express gas station in University City around 2 a.m., and made off with property from the business before limping away from a self-inflected gunshot wound.

Patterson was found hours later when police were notified that a man matching his description had entered a Carolinas Medical Center emergency room with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police said additional evidence linked Patterson to the robbery at Kangaroo Express and he was arrested after being released from the hospital.

Lavarius Patterson
Lavarius Patterson, 19, was arrested Tuesday after police said he robbed a Kangaroo Express gas station and accidentally shot himself. CMPD

Patterson faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felon possession of a firearm.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS